By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:06 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 01:19 BST, 7 September 2020
The number of people with pre-diabetes who go on to develop the full disease has halved over the past two decades, a major study has found.
The dramatic decline comes after a drive to encourage patients to eat a healthier diet and take more exercise.
It also occurred despite increasing numbers having pre-diabetes – raised blood sugars which have not reached diabetic levels.
The number of people with pre-diabetes who go on to develop the full disease has halved over the past two decades, a major study has found [File photo]
Researchers found the percentage who went on to suffer type 2 diabetes dropped from 8 per cent to 4 per cent between 2000 and 2014.
It is estimated around 5 million people in the UK have pre-diabetes, known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia. They are usually asymptomatic but will often be clinically obese.
The high levels are linked to Britain having one of the highest obesity rates in western Europe, with two in three adults